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The Novice (Summoner Trilogy Series #1)

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by Taran Matharu, Christine Barcellona
     
 

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He can summon demons. But can he win a war?

Fletcher is working as a blacksmith's apprentice when he discovers he has the rare ability to summon demons from another world. Chased from his village for a crime he did not commit, Fletcher must travel with his demon, Ignatius, to an academy for adepts, where the gifted are taught the art of summoning.

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He can summon demons. But can he win a war?

Fletcher is working as a blacksmith's apprentice when he discovers he has the rare ability to summon demons from another world. Chased from his village for a crime he did not commit, Fletcher must travel with his demon, Ignatius, to an academy for adepts, where the gifted are taught the art of summoning.

Along with nobles and commoners, Fletcher endures grueling lessons that will prepare him to serve as a Battlemage in the Empire's war against the savage Orcs. But sinister forces infect new friendships and rivalries grow. With no one but Ignatius by his side, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of the Empire is in his hands. . . .

The Novice by Taran Matharu is book one in the Summoner trilogy, a stunning epic fantasy that started on Wattpad, and has over six million views on the site today.

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Publishers Weekly
03/23/2015
In this first installment of the Summoner trilogy (originally posted on Wattpad), a young man discovers he has the ability to summon and control demons. Fletcher, a blacksmith’s apprentice, finds himself in possession of a book that allows him to conjure a rare Salamander demon. Shortly thereafter, he is forced to flee his village, but a lucky chain of events takes him to Vocans Academy, where he is to train as an imperial battlemage. Fletcher is tested to his limits, bullied by the noble students, and subjected to constant scrutiny by the teachers, but he also makes new allies among the less-privileged students, including representatives from the dwarves and elves. Matharu’s fiction debut is a solid offering, albeit one that features an odd mishmash of cultural influences—twin dwarven brothers are named Atilla and Othello, Fletcher’s blacksmith mentor presents him with a khopesh, and law enforcement agents are called Pinkertons. The story itself is strong, but it suffers from uneven pacing and an abrupt ending. Ages 12–up. Agent: Sasha Raskin, Agency Group. (May)
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“Fletcher is an orphan who lives in the small village of Pelt, not far from the elfen border and the farthest outpost in an on-going war against the orcs. Despite being a skilled hunter and apprentice blacksmith, Fletcher has little status in the village. A chance encounter leads to Fletcher discovering that he can summon demons. This rare skill is found primarily among the nobles of the kingdom and is essential on the battlefront. When his new demon protects him against the village bullies, Fletcher flees for his life and becomes a student at the school for battlemages. . . . [This] plot-focused fantasy adventure will be a satisfying read for a wide age range of readers, especially fans of role-playing games and Christopher Paolini.” —VOYA
VOYA, April 2015 (Vol. 38, No. 1) - Elizabeth Matson
Fletcher is an orphan who lives in the small village of Pelt, not far from the elfen border and the farthest outpost in an on-going war against the orcs. Despite being a skilled hunter and apprentice blacksmith, Fletcher has little status in the village. A chance encounter leads to Fletcher discovering that he can summon demons. This rare skill is found primarily among the nobles of the kingdom and is essential on the battlefront. When his new demon protects him against the village bullies, Fletcher flees for his life and becomes a student at the school for battlemages. With a dwarf, an elf, and a handful of other commoners with the gift, Fletcher must battle against the resentful, noble mage students in the year-end tournament in order to secure a frontline officer position. The first book in the Summoner series, The Novice is heavy on action and light on characterization. After the lengthy set-up, the ending happens too quickly with several important developments happening off the page and revealed after the fact. The enslaved demons, described like friendly animals, are curiously un-demonic. The world-building draws heavily from Tolkien and Dungeons & Dragons, including the rather stereotypical characterization of the token women. Despite these flaws, this plot-focused fantasy adventure will be a satisfying read for a wide age range of readers, especially fans of role-playing games and Christopher Paolini. Wildly successful in its previous online incarnation on Wattpad, this series and its young author clearly have a following already. Reviewer: Elizabeth Matson; Ages 11 to 18.
School Library Journal
03/01/2015
Gr 7 Up—Fletcher, 15, an orphan raised by a blacksmith in the Hominum Empire's northern village of Pelt discovers he has the ability to summon demonic creatures in this exciting fantasy trilogy opener. After Fletcher and Ignatius, his ferretlike demon, attack the local bully, Fletcher is forced to flee his village. Through a chance encounter with a mage, Fletcher finds himself attending an academy for battle mages. Trained mages are needed in Hominum's ongoing war with the orcs and in the armed truce against the elves. At the Academy, Fletcher, a commoner, endures scorn from the more skilled second-year students of noble birth, especially a pair of snobbish twin siblings, who are particularly cruel to Sylva, the elf chieftain's daughter, and the dwarf Othello. Dwarves are despised and treated as second-class citizens by many humans in Hominum. Their studies culminate in a year-end tournament that determines their student rankings and the opportunity for a senior military position. Fletcher and his small group of allies also become involved in a plot that threatens all of Hominum. This debut's similarities to J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" books, Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" (Knopf), and J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" (Scholastic) (the novel even has a nasty professor with a prejudice against commoners and other races) are unmistakable, but readers won't mind. Fletcher's a sympathetic character whose impulsive behavior leads him to make understandable mistakes. VERDICT The appealing characters, fast-paced plot, focus on racial politics, and interesting demon varieties (demonology addendum included) make this an enjoyable read.—Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library, Trenton
Kirkus Reviews
2015-02-16
A young orphan makes friends (and enemies) at a magic school in this solid series opener.Fifteen-year-old Fletcher assists blacksmith Berdon, haggles with the town guards, and dodges bullies daily. The Hominum Empire is at war with elves in the north and orcs in the south, but Fletcher can do little to help...until he releases a demon bound to an orc scroll and proves himself a summoner. Fleeing a criminal sentence, Fletcher lands in cultural center Corcillum and, after another fortuitous intervention, arrives at Vocans Academy. Previously closed to females, commoners, and members of other species, Vocans now grudgingly accepts all adepts, to Fletcher's delight and the noble students' horror. In between rescuing friends from mobs and entangling himself in the dwarves' rebellion, Fletcher attends class and trains his adorable but deadly Salamander demon. Plot, dialogue, and characters recall other school-set fantasies, but Fletcher is appealing precisely because of his Everyman qualities: he is not the smartest or the strongest, but he is a loyal friend and a fierce fighter against injustice. The detailed setting is a hodgepodge of arrows and ammunition, medieval and industrial, but the few anomalies do not impede the action. Debut author Matharu tackles class inequalities and racism (in the form of speciesism), mixes humor with violence, and plays with fantasy conventions, with varying success. Fantasy readers should enjoy this entertaining, comfortably familiar-feeling adventure featuring an earnest soldier-schoolboy and his demonic sidekick. (Fantasy. 12-18)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250080059
Publisher:
Square Fish
Publication date:
05/10/2016
Series:
Summoner Trilogy Series , #1
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
25,188
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Taran Matharu wrote his first book when he was nine years old. At twenty-two, he began posting The Novice on Wattpad (the online writing website) and reached over three million reads in less than six months. The Novice is the first of three books in the Summoner series, and Taran Matharu's fiction debut. Taran lives in London.

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The Novice (Summoner Trilogy Series #1) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book onWattpad, and it was AMZING!! Filled with fantasy, magic, and adventure, this is a book is a must read.
MissDragonslayer More than 1 year ago
I started reading it on Wattpad, and let me tell you.... IT WAS AMAZING!! He made the entire story seem real. That, I think, is what makes a good author; they can suck you into a story and keep you there. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved all of the book it was very well illustrated in my mind. They should make this a movie
Sailon More than 1 year ago
The Novice is a scintillating, magical adventure. As a baby orphaned, Fletcher, was taken in and raised by the town black smith.  Helping his guardian sell his wears at the fair, Fletcher comes face to face with a war veteran with a journal from a battlemage. Fletcher helps the man out of a sicky situation with the town's bully only to find himself running for his own life. But before the warrior leaves, he gives Fletcher the journal. While reading the book, Fletcher accidentally summons a demon of his very own named Ignatius. Leading him to Hominum and ultimately Vocan Military Academy, the school for battlemages.  This world is filled with political and physical battles between the Elves, Dwarves and Humans; even though they battle admists themselves they are all at war this the orcs...with the machinations of humans being the most deadly threat, even among their own kinds. I never expected that opening this book would have me on an all night marathon, but it did. I have to admit that it was a 4 star read for me until Ignatius appears then I was completely hooked. Keep in mind this story is written with the young or young at heart. The social prejudices abound with the division of species and classes which only elicited more suspense and tension. Matharu has woven an intricate world with marvelous fantasy favorites but adds the demon realm beyond the ether, which was icing on the cake for me.  I honestly can't wait for more. I received this ARC copy of The Novice from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group - Feiwel & Friends in exchange for a honest review. 
LindseyPruch More than 1 year ago
This story had a very interesting plot, and I enjoyed it as a whole. One of the best part was the fact that the author clearly used a working knowledge of historical warfare, development in muskets, and some interesting battle tactics. The story itself is strong and well-thought out, but it is lacking in one thing: grammar. The book's obvious grammar mistakes take away from what would be a fascinating read. Still, Summoner: The Novice was an enjoyable read, and I recommend it to anyone looking for a quick but intriguing book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it... the whole book was wonderful! I think the athor did a great job. The charicters were amazing, as well as the demons. The next book comes out in a few days, and l am very excited. I hope all you peeps like it to. :) :) :) :) :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. The character development was steady, the introduction to the magic system made sense, and the action scenes were engaging and timed very well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down and am biting my nails in anticipation to see what the author will do next.
Anonymous 30 days ago
good book
Anonymous 3 months ago
I LOVED this book. It is now on of my favorites and cant wait for the third.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Though it takes a lot of plot and creature details similar to Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings (15 and 4, respectfully), it combines them and adds its own vibe to the story- creating a lively and humorous work that aso teaches about racial and political equality and injustices. I can't wait for the third installment.
Anonymous 6 months ago
ENJOYED IT
Anonymous 7 months ago
It was one of the best books I have ever read in m
Anonymous 7 months ago
Something new and exciting! Can't wait for next book, hopefully more than 3, it's really that good.
Anonymous 9 months ago
A slightly less serious Ranger appreciate mixed into a fantasy world. This needs a movie
Anonymous 10 months ago
I loved this story but it was a little child like in a few spots. Maybe I'm just jaded from seeing too much game of thrones but I stilled lived this book!
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Great book that keeps your attention the entire time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved loved loved this book. It kept me interested and "sitting on the edge of my seat" so to speak.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First book I loved enough to leave a review on. Can't wait for the second book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book a little rushed at times but well written
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I really enjoyed this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I stumbled upon this fantastic series quite a while back when i first joined a little writing website called "Wattpad" and was there when he first announced it being published! I hightly recommend reading, even if you arent very much into fantasy. Either way, quite an enjoyable read!